Soft, tender cookies filled with chocolate chunks and chopped walnuts. Yup these chocolate chunk walnut cookies are actually health food. They are full of protein, no refined sugars, gluten free and healthy. Oh yes, these are cookies are health food in disguise – 62 calories each, with 4 grams of protein to boot! I’ve done it again :)!
Who doesn’t want cookies during the holidays? This GIRL does! And this guy honestly! I steal chocolate chip cookies from my mom’s freezer every time I visit her. I volunteer to water the plants and check on her house just to steal chocolate chip cookies from the freezer when they are out of town. Shhh don’t tell her (Hi Mom!!)
My mom’s cookies are legit. Full of butter, white flour, and sugar. It’s everything I love from my childhood. She makes batches for my step-dad and they hang out in the freezer – he’s got it made 🙂 Needless to say, I’ve been attempting to recreate these cookies for quite awhile. And let me tell you I freaking blew those cookies out of the water.
If you are anything like me, the holidays are usually the time when I let my sweet tooth out and
overindulge eat all the cookies. I’ve realized that I don’t have to be super strict on my diet if I take the time to make the cookies and sweets I crave. I use ingredients that I know help nourish my body and don’t feel a bit of guilt when I eat 3 at a time post workout. I cannot get enough of these cookies – maybe it’s because chocolate chip is my favorite. I think it’s because the texture of these cookies is something I’ve been craving since I stared baking with protein powder and gluten free flour.
The magic of these cookies is the combination of banana and fig puree. Honestly, it’s a miracle there was any fig puree left to make these cookies, because I can’t get enough of it. I’ve been eating it with cinnamon raisin peanut butter on bananas all week. The fig puree is very simple to make. I combine 10-12 dried figs (I used Calayma figs this time) and a 1/4 cup of hot water. Let the figs soak in the hot water for about an hour. Pour the figs and the water into the food processor (after removing the stems) and blitz until a puree has formed. Store in a airtight container for up to a week. This makes about a half cup of puree, plenty to make 2-3 batch of these cookies.
I used chocolate chunks in these cookies instead of chips. Chunks are certainly the way to go – for some reason the chunks distribute the chocolate better in the cookie and there is hardly a bite without either chocolate or walnuts. Which is why I cannot get enough 🙂
If you want to save some calories in these cookies, you can omit the walnuts or half the amount of chocolate chunks being used. But it’s the holidays so I’m not gonna judge if you sneak in even more chunks of chocolate goodness!
- 2 scoops vanilla protein (I used SunWarrior)
- 1 scoop pea protein (unflavored)
- 2 tbs. fig puree
- 1 banana, mashed
- 3 tbs. cashew meal
- 2 tbs. coconut flour
- 4 egg whites**
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup gluten free oat flour
- ½ cup coconut almond milk
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 5 tbs. semi-sweet chocolate chunks
- 6-8 scoops stevia (2-3 packets of sweetener of choice)
- **Use 3 flax eggs to make vegan
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- In a large bowl, mash banana.
- Add fig puree, egg whites, almond coconut milk, vanilla and stevia to mashed banana and stir to incorporate.
- Add protein powder, pea protein, cashew meal and coconut flour. Mix to combine.
- Add in oat flour, stir to incorporate.
- Add baking soda, salt and baking powder
- Stir in chocolate chunks and chopped walnuts.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with non-stick spray.
- Use a tablespoon to distribute the cookies onto the parchment paper.
- Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes until cookies are slightly golden on the outside.
- Allow cookies to cool before eating, as the are better at room temperature.
What about you?
- Chocolate chip cookies – should they have nuts?
- Do you prefer chunks or chips or do you not care as long as there is chocolate?
- What is your favorite healthy food in disguise?